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It was a hot time at the old ballyard last night, as I hand-delivered Uni Watch membership cards to (from left) Mets radio broadcaster Wayne Randazzo, Padres radio broadcaster Jesse Agler, and longtime Mets radio voice Howie Rose, all of whom totally Get It™, prior to last night’s Padres/Mets game.
Here’s a closer look at their card designs:
I knew I was going to be seeing them last night, so I contacted them recently and asked for their favorite numbers. Didn’t tell them why, although I imagine they could have guessed. Howie chose No. 14 for Gil Hodges; Wayne chose No. 17 for his daughter’s birthday; and Jesse chose No. 8 because he grew up as a Gary Carter fan.
As you may recall, Phil and I had met Wayne about two months ago, but this was my first time meeting Howie (although I’ve been emailing with him for about a dozen years now, often when uni-related stuff comes up during games) and Jesse (a longtime Uni Watch fan, going back to the Village Voice days). Great guys, one and all. We had fun kibitzing for a bit — the highlight was Jesse revealing that his Little League team was sponsored by a Jewish funeral home — and then they ran back to their respective radio booths to get ready for the game.
Speaking of the game, there were some noteworthy developments:
• It was great to see Padres pitcher Chris Paddack’s magnificent striped stirrups in person:
• The Mets’ foul poles are now fowl poles, or maybe fouler-than-usual poles, because they’ve just added chicken sandwich advertising to them. The Mets aren’t the first team to do this, but I sure hope they’re the last — it’s pretty gross (click to enlarge):
This move is particularly disappointing given that the Mets are the only MLB team with orange foul poles — a unique team-colored design touch that’s now cheapened by the ads. The ads also obstruct the views for fans sitting behind them:
— Neil Best (@sportswatch) July 23, 2019
• Speaking of ad creep: One of the Mets’ between-innings stunts is a Geico promotion that involves having a kid sprint down the left field foul line to “steal” a base and then bring it back within a certain number of seconds. They always give the kid a Mets jersey to wear, which is nice — except that the jersey has a “Geico” NOB:
There’s something really gross about turning a child into a billboard — especially for something like car insurance. Ugh.
• Maybe they’ve been doing this for a long time and I just never noticed, but it seems odd that the Mets use their “NY” logo for the home and visiting on-deck circles, which creates the odd-seeming juxtaposition of the visiting players and the Mets’ logo (click to enlarge):
I realize many players don’t even stand in or near the on-deck circle anymore, but it still seems weird to impose your own logo on the visiting team.
Still: The weather was nice and cool, the Mets won a meaningless game, and we had very good subway connections on the way home. A win-win-win! Thanks again to Howie, Jesse, and Wayne for the pregame activities.
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ITEM! New Uni Watch pins: Everything looks more official when it’s stamped into enamel. So we’re pleased to offer our classic winged stirrup logo as a super-cool enamel lapel pin with gold trim. Looks great on a lapel, a denim jacket, a tie, a cap (including a Uni Watch cap!), or wherever:
Each pin has the traditional butterfly clutch (that’s what it’s called in the biz) on the back side:
The price for these is $8.49 per pin, plus $4.50 for shipping for the first two pins and $1 for each two additional pins. (I realize that may sound like a high shipping charge for such a small, lightweight item, but the pins are just thick enough to make the bubble mailer qualify for the parcel rate — sorry.)
To order, send the appropriate amount to me via Venmo (use @Paul-Lukas-2 as the payee), Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Cash App (email@example.com). If you’d like to use Apple Pay or send me a paper check, shoot me a note and I’ll give you the info for that.
After sending payment, be sure to email me with your shipping address. Thanks!
IMPORTANT plate reminder: Remember, I’m taking pre-orders on the Uni Watch 20th-Anniversary Plate up through the end of this week. We’ll probably have a very small supply of additional plates available, but not many. So if you want to get in on this one, move fast. Full details here.
By Lloyd Alaban
Baseball News: Red Sox P Chris Sale tucked a cheat sheet into his cap last night (from Mike Barnes). … The Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A affiliate of the Phillies, are giving away a bizarre 1B Ryan Howard bobblehead with Howard depicted as a pagoda (from Andrew Cosentino). … Babe Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, wore a Red Sox-Yankees Frankenjersey during a recent visit to the Hutton Settlement Children’s Home in Spokane, Wash. (from Will Shoken). … MLB has unveiled the 2020 All-Star Game logo. The game will be held at Dodger Stadium (from multiple readers). … In a related item, Dodger Stadium will undergo a $100 million renovation in the off-season (from Kary Klismet). … Some current and former Cleveland players talked about how they decided on their jersey numbers (from @ajenkinsCLE). … Blue vs. blue for the Trenton Thunder (Double-A affiliate of the Yankees) and the Akron RubberDucks (Double-A affiliate of the Indians) (from multiple readers). … The Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Twins, painted a Buffalo Bills-inspired logo behind home plate (from Mike Weston). … Brooklyn Cyclones — a Mets affiliate — 3B Chandler Avant was missing his team decal on his helmet last night (from @ChrisRiz).
Football News: Cross-listed from the baseball section: The Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Minnesota Twins, painted a Bills-inspired logo behind home plate (from Mike Weston). … Here’s a possible leak of South Carolina’s new jerseys (from @Zodacious). … Here’s a close look at Alabama’s 3D nose bumpers (from Dakota Brian Hill). … There are a lot of fake stand-in football team logos in this American Airlines tweet (from Andrew Cosentino). … A Troy University football fan compiled a visual history of the school’s different helmets (from Daniel Axtell). … Notre Dame has a job listing for a football art director (from Nicklaus Wallmeyer).
Hockey News: Possible third jersey leaks for the Sabres and Ducks (from Drew C). … New uniforms for the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL. Full uniform pics here (from Kary Klismet). … Here is the logo for the new Battle Creek Rumble Bees of the Federal Prospects Hockey League. The reflection in the eye is in the shape of Michigan. The team also released yellow and black sweaters (from John Cerone and Marc Viquez). … A recent episode of CW show iZombie had a mascot for a fictional Seattle Sockeyes team named, apparently, “Socky.” Sadly, no closeup of the jersey logo (from Sara, who didn’t give her last name).
Basketball News: For yesterday’s NBA jersey number updates, check out Etienne Catalan’s Twitter feed. … The only basketball court located in the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, is built into the city’s walls (from James Gilbert). … Here’s an unusual find: Reader Kristian Nicosia found this Bucks SG/SF Pat Connaughton jersey on the shopping website Mercari. It features the Bucks’ home template and colors but has “Brooklyn” stitched across the front in the Nets’ font. Connaughton was drafted by the Nets, but was traded away to the Blazers before he ever wore a Brooklyn uniform. The listing says the manufacturer of the jersey is Majestic. … Lakers SF LeBron James was on the set of Space Jam 2 yesterday. He can be seen in this screenshot wearing a light blue jersey, which may give a hint on what the jerseys in the film will look like (from multiple readers).
Soccer News: New first shirt for Scottish League Two’s Edinburgh City. Unusually, they released their second kit a few weeks ago and have been wearing it for all games so far this season up to today (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … New 75th anniversary kit for Club Puebla (from multiple readers). … Here’s a chart showing which companies make which clubs’ uniforms in Liga MX (from Josh Hinton). … Also from Josh: In a follow-up to yesterday’s lede about teams with ad-free “unsponsored” shirts, English League One’s Southend United has become the latest team to join the “Save Our Shirts” campaign. … New kits for Everton (from our own Jamie Rathjen). … For updates on other kit unveilings, check out Josh’s Twitter feed.
Grab Bag: The medal designs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have just been released (from multiple readers). … Former Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan revealed his throwback Kodak livery ahead of this weekend’s CARS Tour Throwback 276 at Hickory, NC (from David Firestone). … Here’s a brief visual history of professional beach volleyball attire (from Jeremy Brahm). … New logo for the National Federation of State High School Associations (from Jason Hillyer). … New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has an unusual fashion style (NYT link) for a national leader. … If you’ve got a big noggin, here’s a shop that specializes in plus-sized caps (from Tris Wykes).